Career Moves
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New Pond

Moving to Chicago from Minneapolis, I was aware I was moving from the 48th largest city in the country to the 3rd. But somehow, the change in size didn’t quite resonate until I arrived. Since moving, I’ve asked myse...

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Achieving Success at Job Fairs

‘Tis the season for job fairs. It seems they’re everywhere right now. And while job fairs sound like a great idea when you sign up for them, most people who attend end up milling around and wasting their day, walkin...

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Know Your Weaknesses

It’s one of the most common job interview questions there is: “What is your greatest weakness?” And all too often, interviewees answer this question incorrectly. Conventional wisdom tells us to spin our answer...


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You Are Here

This morning, I walked up Michigan Avenue as the sun rose in the sky, breathed in the deep breath of the crisp fall air, and I thought to myself, “You are here.” Around me stands Trump Tower, Crain, Wrigley, Hancock...

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Getting the Biggest Bang for your Email Buck

We’ve all been there. You send that very important email, and then……………… you wait……………and no one responds. You’re spinning in your chair thinking abo...

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More Interview "Don’ts"

Like anyone, I’ve interviewed for multiple jobs in my career. Some successfully, some unsuccessfully. I’ve also been in the position of interviewer many times. I do consider myself a good interviewee, and a good int...


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Resume Tip Numero Uno: PDF It!

Some tips you just think you’ll never have to give. But this one is a MUST, and recently I’ve seen a number of job seekers who are not doing this. So for the benefit of one and all, here’s the most important r...

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Interview Don’t

In January, I wrote a post called “The most important question YOU can ask in an interview.” That question is, “What reservations do you have about hiring me?” As a follow-up to that post, I want to give...

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Negotiation When You Least Expect It

Negotiation is never as easy as just screaming, “Show me the money.” It’s more art than science, more fear than comfort, and absolutely more volatile than predictable. Trust me, I married a man who negotiates ...


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From Top to Bottom

Today, one of my favorite bloggers wrote a post called The Most Important Person in Your Company? and her words are so true. Julie asks companies to recognize that sometimes your most important brand ambassador isn’t your...